Staisha Patterson

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Football was by far my favorite. I loved watching Phillip Fulmer and the Volunteers and I knew that someday, I would be a Vol.

There are three things to know about me. I love God, I love my family and I love sports. These three things pretty much sum me up!

Without God I would not be where I am today. He is a constant in my life. Without Him, I am nothing—plain and simple.

I come from a large family. I love my mommy and siblings to the moon and back! The bond with my family is so great and I don’t know where I would be without their support. They are my biggest fans!

I grew up in Franklin, Tennessee; a town nestled just south of Nashville full of rich history and wonderful people.

My love for sports began in Franklin at an early age. Whether it was playing with my siblings and friends in the neighborhood, watching on TV, or supporting others in the stands, I was there!

Football was by far my favorite. I loved watching Phillip Fulmer and the Volunteers and I knew that someday, I would be a Vol.

While watching sports I always looked for Michele Tafoya. She did sideline reporting for various sporting events. I thought it would be cool to have a job just like hers!

Not only was I an avid sports lover, but I kept up with news and current events as well. I always wanted to know what was going on around me. Many nights I would ask my mom if I could stay up for the 10 o’clock news. I remember my siblings asking on several occasions why I was watching, but I never really had an answer to the question. All I could say was that I liked it … What kid likes the news?!

I eventually made my way to the great University of Tennessee—GO BIG ORANGE! Just like I said I would when I was a kid. While there I fell in love with the university and experienced things I never knew were possible.

I was able to attend all kinds of sporting events, from soccer to softball, swimming and track, volleyball and tennis, baseball and golf and of course Lady Vol basketball games featuring the great Pat Summitt and football games in Neyland Stadium. I was in sports heaven!

I studied Journalism and Electronic Media with a focus in Sports Broadcasting. I had the opportunity to work for the university’s athletic broadcasting department and I interned at the number one station in Knoxville, WBIR.

In February 2013 I accepted a position at WYMT-TV and I made the big move to Hazard, Kentucky in March 2013 to start my career.

I’ve already learned so much in my short time here. The mountain family has welcomed me with open arms and I can’t wait to see what my future here has in store.

Thank you for welcoming this Tennessee Volunteer to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky!

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